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Old 02-13-2012, 10:09 PM   #166
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Today I discovered a couple of flaws with my "new" KLR 650:

1. Crap fasteners. Who uses phillips head on anything these days?
Hey, you bought a KLR, you appreciate it's charms.

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Why don't all bikes come w/ heated grips?

I know most American riders only take their bikes out for an afternoon ride on a 75 degree Sunday but still.
You're still talking about giving up $50-75 in profit (parts and labor to install) most people won't use because they never ride when it's that "cold".

And you can add "stock grips" to "stock seats" for a lot of bikes. Probably the same reason, a lot of people don't know any better and rarely ride far enough that the issue bothers them enough to think about it.

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Because I can buy heated gloves.

Much better.
Opinion, that. Besides, heated gloves still would require wiring, then you have to remember to pack them any time you think you might need them. My heated grips are always there.

I used to have a 1985 FJ1100. I hated that the gravity feed to the carbs couldn't keep up with fuel intake at WFO in top gear and it would drain the float bowls in a couple minutes. Um. That's what I was told. yeah, that's the ticket. It wasn't me. Besides, I don't even know how fast an FJ1100 will go because the speedometer doesn't go that... um. Oh look at the time. (in 1986 the FJ1200 got a fuel pump. Problem- not that there was one, of course- solved!)
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:34 AM   #167
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Now I have to figure out how to retrofit (a locking helmet lock) to my (DL)650.
The helmet lock assembly on the 1K is welded to the frame. You might consider purchasing a universal lock, an example of which I link to here: http://www.whitehorsegear.com/motorcycle-helmet-lock
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:14 AM   #168
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Vapor.

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The speedometer/entire console on my 690 Enduro (not the R model, different setup) is absolute crap. It was great when I bought it, but eventually individual sections of the LCD started flickering in and out.

I had it replaced under warranty. The official distributor *for all of australia* wasn't just out of stock, but they couldn't get them in because their supplier was out of stock! Several *months* later (I normally get parts shipped overnight from the same supplier), and one speeding ticket later (I don't even know how fast I was going, had to trust the officer's very high speed reading), the thing finally arrived. I didn't even know exactly how many km's were on the bike, because it was unreadable (and the new one reset me to zero).

Fast forward two years. It's failing the exact same way now. Every second ride, I can't read anything on the console. And no warranty this time. FFS.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:46 PM   #169
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Re: the Vee...
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It still has ghastly headlights.
Which illuminate the road better than the ones in my cage... So no complaints here on that front.

I only get 5k on a rear tire on my Wee. That's kind of lame.
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:35 AM   #170
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Vapor.
I don't think they work on my bike. At least I've never heard of anyone using one, and the official website doesn't list the 690 as being compatible.

But... great news! I pulled the whole thing apart and carefully cleaned the entire circuit board, pins, etc (it took a whole hour) and now it's working like brand new! Yay!
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:37 AM   #171
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I only get 5k on a rear tire on my Wee. That's kind of lame.
Have you tried better tyres? Some last me a weekend (literally!), while others go for 10,000k.

You want something with a hard compound. Mitas is a good brand for that.
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:46 AM   #172
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poor fuelling at low rev steady throttle positions on the xt660

however it can be cured with a power commander which im getting anyway as i fitted a full exhaust, and also its only annoying around town where you arent having fun anyway

apart from that the bike is great
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:47 AM   #173
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Re: the Vee...


Which illuminate the road better than the ones in my cage... So no complaints here on that front.

I only get 5k on a rear tire on my Wee. That's kind of lame.

ive never got that much from a rear tyre , wtf do you want lol what tyres you using anyway
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Old 02-15-2012, 03:01 AM   #174
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Even better!!!


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But... great news! I pulled the whole thing apart and carefully cleaned the entire circuit board, pins, etc (it took a whole hour) and now it's working like brand new! Yay!
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:51 PM   #175
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poor fuelling at low rev steady throttle positions on the xt660
You just keep telling me how bad that bike is... maybe it'll cure my lust for one, since they're not available here.

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however it can be cured with a power commander which im getting anyway as i fitted a full exhaust, and also its only annoying around town where you arent having fun anyway

apart from that the bike is great
LA LA LA LA can't hear you LA LA LA LA...
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Old 02-18-2012, 03:12 PM   #176
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The air box on any KTM dirt bike. There is no way to seal it!
Love the bike but ive watered it out too many times!
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Old 02-18-2012, 05:30 PM   #177
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Love my strom and the lights are bright but.....

Look at the bright side... your bike could look like a praying mantis, AND have the WORST SUCKBAG headlights since 6V Lucas candles of 45 years ago... like my Trumph Tiger 1050!
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:56 AM   #178
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concours, my Tiger's low beam looks just like yours fron the front... dull gray. The mirrored coating on the inside of my projector had peeled away in several large chunks of foil. I assume it was from a prevoious owner using a too-high wattage bulb to compensate for the poor light spread... and obviously it has only made the issue far worse. I'm planning a projector swap next month so that I can ride at night this year.
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Old 03-05-2012, 12:39 AM   #179
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I have a 2012 Ninja 650... it has an adjustable windscreen... but you need an Allen Wrench and have to fiddle with eight bolts to move it.





The Ninja 1000 has same feature, but it can be moved while sitting on the bike at a red light in about 2 seconds.

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Old 03-05-2012, 08:19 AM   #180
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The fact that on my 02 dr650 that I have to remove the side panels to get to the bolts to remove the seat, and the fact that the seat has bolts holding it down, instead a quick release latch.
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